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Symbolism in Cynthia Ozick's The Shawl

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9/13/12 Symbolism in ?The Shawl? In ?The Shawl?, in order to catch the readers? attention Cynthia Ozick uses descriptive details. Describing the horror of the Nazis. The story is set in a concentration camp. The three main characters are Rosa, Stella and Magda. The plot of the story surrounds a magical shawl. The only thing keeping these three starving women alive is the magical shawl and eventually leads to their demise. ...read more.

Middle

Also, the talks of the shawl as the "milk of linen" (223). Outside of the steel fences of the concentration camp, "there were green meadows speckled with dandelions and deep-colored violets: beyond them even father, innocent tiger lilies, tall, lifting their orange bonnets" (225). Past the steel fence were beauty or maybe heaven, anything but the poor conditions of the death camp. ...read more.

Conclusion

When her shawl is taken, she cries and walks wobbly into the yard. In the yard of the concentration camp, she is picked up and thrown by a guard to her death. Rosa is a flat character; she does not change throughout the story. She tries to keep her family from their impending death. When Magda is killed, she does not run into the yard, knowing she will be shot. So she took Magda?s shawl and drank it until it dried. ...read more.

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